3 ways Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving news impacts Chicago Bulls

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Nearly every team in the Eastern Conference will be impact by the Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant news with the Nets, including the Chicago Bulls.

The Chicago Bulls weren’t a big mover early in day one of free agency in the NBA. This is a loaded free agent class, but the Bulls don’t really have the cap space to make any huge moves. That didn’t stop the Brooklyn Nets from making waves on day one in the Eastern Conference on the free agent market by landing Kevin Durant from the Golden State Warriors and Kyrie Irving from the Boston Celtics.

Although the Bulls and the Nets aren’t in the same division in the Eastern Conference, they will be on the same path to playoff contention if John Paxson and Gar Forman can keep growing this roster and going in the right direction for the next two years. The two-year mark is important for the Bulls and Nets due to the fact that KD’s injury should take at least until the middle of the 2020-21 season to rehab.

Once Kyrie and KD are playing together in Brooklyn, it will be difficult to keep that team out of title contention in the East. But where the rest of the big name free agents in this class land will be a telling sign about what the immediate future holds in the East.

The Nets and Bulls were going to be in a similar boat in terms of contention until the news dropped from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that KD and Kyrie would sign there.

Here’s a deeper look into the three ways that the news that the Brooklyn Nets signing point guard Kyrie Irving and forwad Kevin Durant has on the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference.